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Iron Foundry


Produce more parts with the same amount of metal.

Improve your performance, save costs.

Optimum balance between metallurgical quality and sizing of feeding systems.

Yield is the ratio of the weight of a cast component ready for delivery to the total weight of material used to fill the mold, including feed channels and risers, as well as other losses of liquid metal during casting.

Smart Yield encompasses the knowledge and technologies developed by AZTERLAN for high-performance casting, that is, production with the optimum ratio between the weight of the metal used and the weight of the finished component.

With a global vision of the casting process, Smart Yield developments are focused on:

  • Metallurgical quality adjustment.
  • Optimization of feeding systems, molds and risers.
  • Development of a stable and robust production process.
  • Implementation of predictive control and automation models for monitoring and ensuring the correct performance of the process.


Smart Casting®

Efficient manufacturing and savings

Robust manufacturing process

Secure the knowledge generated in your plant

Deploying Smart Yield in plant

We help you develop a high yield foundry process
0) Diagnosis and objectives

Global analysis of the process aimed at detecting the inefficiencies that affect the loss of yield performance.

Establishment of objectives and design of the action plan.

1) Ajusting molten-metal features

With the focus on conditioning and repeatability of the process, this phase focuses on ensuring the metallurgical quality and the optimal characteristics of the liquid metal (composition, viscosity, temperature, etc.), as well as on the definition of the optimal conditions of melting and pouring.

2) Tooling development

Development and implementation of new tooling concepts adjusted to the characteristics of the metal and the feeding needs of the parts.

Dimensioned risers and filling systems that favor self-feeding, optimization of the amount of pieces per mold.

3) Predictive Control Models

In each phase, the corresponding protocols are developed, identifying the optimal conditions for the process.

In the form of PCM and control algorithms, they are implemented in the casting process monitoring systems to ensure a correct performance and indicate corrective actions.

Modular implementation in the plant

Scaling of the developed solutions to the different production lines and/or production plants.

Avoid manufacturing defects

We can help you build a more performant manufacturing process.


Shaping the
Foundry of the Future

“The Foundry of the Future is that of connected processes that is able to take advantage of the knowledge generated inside the company at the same time that it keeps learning from its manufacturing and market experience.

Along with a deep knowledge of metallurgy, Industry 4.0 technologies, advanced data management systems and machine learning technologies have landed in this industry to transform the way castings are conceived”.

Susana Méndez, PhD

Susana Méndez, PhD
Director of Foundry Technologies

Aitor Loizaga

Aitor Loizaga
Iron Foundry Technologies

Asier Bakedano, PhD

Asier Bakedano, PhD
Light Materials

Dr. Javier Nieves

Javier Nieves, PhD
Intelligent Manufacturing Technologies



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